Bitch Bookshelf https://bitchbookshelf.com Book Club for Bad Girls Wed, 05 Jan 2022 23:42:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.3 https://i0.wp.com/bitchbookshelf.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/cropped-Bitch-Bookshelf-Logo-1.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Bitch Bookshelf https://bitchbookshelf.com 32 32 143817919 December 2021 in Review https://bitchbookshelf.com/2022/01/07/december-2021-in-review/ https://bitchbookshelf.com/2022/01/07/december-2021-in-review/#respond Fri, 07 Jan 2022 05:16:46 +0000 https://bitchbookshelf.com/?p=4931 New year, same me – though I’m working on it. I can’t believe 2021 is over but I am thankful for it. I’m ready to see what 2022 has in store and I hope it means that things get better as far as the pandemic is concerned. via GIPHY Note: This post contains affiliate links. […]

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New year, same me – though I’m working on it. I can’t believe 2021 is over but I am thankful for it. I’m ready to see what 2022 has in store and I hope it means that things get better as far as the pandemic is concerned.

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I’m a children’s librarian, so I read books for kids and for grown-ups. This month, I read 8 picture/early reader books and 4 “big” books, including audiobooks, adult novels, and chapter books for children. My average rating this month was 4.1 stars.

Time Is a FlowerTime Is a Flower by Julie Morstad
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Obsessed. Beautiful illustrations, great read aloud.

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Mole in a Black and White HoleMole in a Black and White Hole by Tereza Šedivá
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a colorful, fun story!

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The Longest StormThe Longest Storm by Dan Yaccarino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Better Off Wed (Love and Let Spy, #3)Better Off Wed by Susanna Craig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun and sweet! Hero and heroine are both virgins but very sex positive. And oh my, I am HOOKED by the teaser Craig always leaves in her epilogues!

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Where Do You Poop?Where Do You Poop? by Agnese Baruzzi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Families GrowFamilies Grow by Dan Saks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very inclusive.

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Three Kisses Till ChristmasThree Kisses Till Christmas by Charlie Lane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cute, would make a good Hallmark movie.

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A Holiday by GaslightA Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dazzlingly romantic historical Christmas novella. This just kisses novel had me swooning more than some of the erotic romance I’ve read this year. Sophie and Ned’s chemistry jumps off the page and the author does a phenomenal job of throwing in historical details with context.

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The Night Is Deep and WideThe Night Is Deep and Wide by Gillian Sze
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great vocab.

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A Roguish Christmas: A Holiday Romance Collection (Steamy Regency Romances)A Roguish Christmas: A Holiday Romance Collection by Georgette Brown
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

OMG this was so bad, though the second story, Tempting a Marquess for Christmas, was enjoyable for me.

Grammatical errors abound. Plots don’t make much sense. But, there’s some fairly decent porn to be had…

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When Lola VisitsWhen Lola Visits by Michelle Sterling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very cute, great description.

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Cookie Count: A Tasty Pop-upCookie Count: A Tasty Pop-up by Robert Sabuda
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is just gorgeous.

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A Peek Into My Planner

I’ve been trying to fill out my planner each day to keep myself organized and to use the plethora of planner supplies and stickers I possess. (I use The Happy Planner.) In July 2020, I started a brand new planner, which I used through 2021. I was lazy with my use of it this month… But here are my spreads anyway.

I’ve been keeping track of my moods to keep an eye on my depression and anxiety. In December, I felt:

  • Good – 11 days
  • Productive – 6 days
  • Okay– 5 days
  • Frustrated – 3 days
  • Tired – 2 days
  • Great – 2 days
  • Anxious – 1 day
  • Happy – 1 day

I have been posting almost every day about my witchier interests on TikTok and also just having fun with it. I went semi-viral in December which was fun.

@daily.manifestationxgot it? ##FFXmasSwitch ##WhenRiftanSays ##ThanksandGiving ##witchtok ##thegirlsthatgetitgetit♬ original sound – Tik Toker

I also watched West Side Story, The Matrix: Resurrections, and Hawkeye.

Looking Ahead: January

I’m a little nervous about the Omicron various and awaiting PCR results as I type this. I did go out on New Year’s Eve as I had a friend in town and already spent the money on an event ticket. It was fairly spaced apart until the end so I know I had better test to make sure all is well. Hopefully everything goes okay for myself and my loved ones and the same goes for you.

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October and November 2021 in Review https://bitchbookshelf.com/2022/01/06/october-and-november-2021-in-review/ https://bitchbookshelf.com/2022/01/06/october-and-november-2021-in-review/#respond Thu, 06 Jan 2022 16:15:59 +0000 https://bitchbookshelf.com/?p=4890 Hi all! I took a few months hiatus from blogging throughout October, November, and December. But I’m back now and wanted to recap you on some of the reading I did during that time as well as other things that went on in my life.  So here’s a recap of October and November 2021. via […]

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Hi all! I took a few months hiatus from blogging throughout October, November, and December. But I’m back now and wanted to recap you on some of the reading I did during that time as well as other things that went on in my life.  So here’s a recap of October and November 2021.

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I’m a children’s librarian, so I read books for kids and for grown-ups. In October, I read 4 picture/early reader books and 3 “big” books, including audiobooks, adult novels, and chapter books for children. My average rating this month was 4.4. In November, I read 19 picture/early reader books and 7 “big” books, including audiobooks, adult novels, and chapter books for children. My average rating this month was 4.5.

October Reads

Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation Into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human SkinDark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation Into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin by Megan Rosenbloom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was such an interesting listen though the narrator’s use of accents kind of took away from things at times. As a public librarian it was so interesting to me how my ethics of librarianship are so different than the author’s as a rare book librarian. Gruesome subject but I learned a lot and it was handled so well.

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The Big Bad Wolf in My HouseThe Big Bad Wolf in My House by Valérie Fontaine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A much-needed picture book about domestic violence told through a child’s eyes and in the form of a fable. Ends on a hopeful note. Resources for Canada (kid-specific) & US on final page.

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Duke I'd Like to F...Duke I’d Like to F… by Sabrina Darby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Such a fun read! All of the novellas were super steamy and romantic to boot.
The Chasing of Eleanor Vane ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Duke for Hire ⭐⭐⭐⭐
An Education in Pleasure ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Duke Makes Me Feel… ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Dirty Duke ⭐⭐⭐

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When Grandfather FlewWhen Grandfather Flew by Patricia MacLachlan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, an emotional read. Really lovely.

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Pumpkin EyePumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really love the art in this one. A perfect preschool storyline book. The lines are short but there’s a lot to discuss.

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In a Dark, Dark Wood: An Old Tale with a New TwistIn a Dark, Dark Wood: An Old Tale with a New Twist by David A. Carter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a Halloween classic with a fun spooky pop-up at the end.

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All the Feels (Spoiler Alert, #2)All the Feels by Olivia Dade
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While I didn’t love this one as much as Spoiler Alert, it was still such a fun read with memorable MCs. I highly recommend this series. If grumpy/sunshine is a trope you’re into, you’ll love this book. The fanfiction aspect didn’t work for me as much in this one but it was still fun and cute. I also loved the message about empowerment and advocating for yourself.

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Look out for my full review on February 9.

November Reads

Becoming Lady WashingtonBecoming Lady Washington by Betty Bolté
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I learned so much about Martha Washington while reading this book! Betty Bolté’s author bio described her work as historical fiction with heart which is so true. She did a wonderful job of personifying this historical figure and I could tell she performed a wealth of research. It did take me some time to read the entirety of this book, just with everything going on in my life. However, whenever I picked it back up, I remember exactly where I had left off. It was incredibly easy to follow.

I felt like the thoughts and beliefs of Patsy Washington were realistic for her time. Nonetheless, I would’ve appreciated more clear delineation that just because she felt she was doing the right thing (for example, enslaving people but treating them “kindly”) didn’t mean she was. As a modern reader I have this nuance but sadly I don’t think all readers do.

Overall this was an enjoyable read. I thank Betty Bolté for giving me a copy in exchange for my honest review. Look out for my full review on https://bitchbookshelf.com in 2022 once I get my blog back underway.

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The Good Girl's Guide to Rakes (Last Chance Scoundrels, #1)The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes by Eva Leigh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Omg, what a fun, sexy, empowering read. I’m obsessed with everything about this one. I love that we get two MCs who like to go out and be a little wild and getting their HEA doesn’t stop them from having that fun. ❤ With a whole lot of dirty talking and a dash of guyliner, Celeste & Kieran are relationship goals.

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When Stars Are ScatteredWhen Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Jane, the Fox & MeJane, the Fox & Me by Fanny Britt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

cw: bullying & fatphobia

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On the TraplineOn the Trapline by David Alexander Robertson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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WatercressWatercress by Andrea Wang
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stunning art, great story.

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I Dream of PopoI Dream of Popo by Livia Blackburne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Casually crying at work again no big deal.

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WishesWishes by Mượn Thị Văn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Moving.

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My First DayMy First Day by Steve Jenkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Awesome book with cute art and excellent backmatter!

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The CapybarasThe Capybaras by Alfredo Soderguit
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Crying at work again brb

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Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh / This Is How I KnowMii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh / This Is How I Know by Brittany Luby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Wonder WalkersWonder Walkers by Micha Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love the art. Really captures the questions and wonder children have for and about the world around them.

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Over the ShopOver the Shop by JonArno Lawson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wordless picture book.

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Nathan's SongNathan’s Song by Leda Schubert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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The Old BoatThe Old Boat by Jarrett Pumphrey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Break the Good Girl Myth: How to Dismantle Outdated Rules, Unleash Your Power, and Design a More Purposeful LifeBreak the Good Girl Myth: How to Dismantle Outdated Rules, Unleash Your Power, and Design a More Purposeful Life by Majo Molfino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Definitely an uplifting read, and I loved that the author adds a touch of new age spirituality to her practice. Some of this I was already unconsciously or consciously doing. There are a lot of plugs for her website which does make sense as she offers meditations there. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by the author, at 1.2x speed.

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We All PlayWe All Play by Julie Flett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Magic CandiesMagic Candies by Heena Baek
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is trippy. Maybe the art isn’t for everyone but I loved it. I laughed. I cried. Would make an awesome read aloud.

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My Day with the PanyeMy Day with the Panye by Tami Charles
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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The Midnight FairThe Midnight Fair by Gideon Sterer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lovely illustrations, wordless picture book, imaginative and fun.

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Milo Imagines the WorldMilo Imagines the World by Matt de la Pena
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Crying at work again. Such a good book.

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When My Cousins Come to TownWhen My Cousins Come to Town by Angela Shanté
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cute. It’s true your cousins are often your first best friends.

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Anita and the DragonsAnita and the Dragons by Hannah Carmona
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Night Walk to the Sea: A Story about Rachel Carson, Earth's ProtectorNight Walk to the Sea: A Story about Rachel Carson, Earth’s Protector by Deborah Wiles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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One Thing Leads to a Lover (Love and Let Spy, #2)One Thing Leads to a Lover by Susanna Craig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun & steamy!

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Look out for my full review on April 17.

Lore Olympus: Volume One (Lore Olympus, #1)Lore Olympus: Volume One by Rachel Smythe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, so happy to own this in print. Lore Olympus means so much to me. I know some mythology fans don’t enjoy the divergences Rachel takes but if you can look past those, this is such a lovely work. There’s a ton of joy, and as a victim of SA I have never seen my experience so closely and thoughtfully represented.

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Look out for my full review on April 20 and check out my feature of the webcomic.

A Peek Into My Planner

I’ve been trying to fill out my planner each day to keep myself organized and to use the plethora of planner supplies and stickers I possess. (I use The Happy Planner.) In July 2020, I started a brand new planner, which I hope to use through 2021. Here are my weekly spreads for October and November.

I’ve been keeping track of my moods to keep an eye on my depression and anxiety. In October, I felt:

  • Good – 7 days
  • Okay – 6 days
  • Productive – 6 days
  • Annoyed – 3 days
  • Tired – 3 days
  • Great – 2 days
  • Happy – 2 days
  • Relaxed – 1 day
  • Sick – 1 day

In November, I felt:

  • Okay – 7 days
  • Good – 6 days
  • Great – 4 days
  • Productive – 3 days
  • Tired – 2 days
  • Depressed – 1 day
  • Emotional – 1 day
  • Frustrated – 1 day
  • Lazy – 1 day
  • Reflective – 1 day
  • Relaxed– 1 day
  • Sad – 1 day
  • Sick – 1 day

I have been posting almost every day about my witchier interests on TikTok which has been a lot of fun. I’ve also just been posting about my life, NYC, and using various trending sounds. This one got a decent amount of views and was very empowering for me to post.

@daily.manifestationxwhen your r*p1st texts you after 9 years of no contact the week you deactivate on a majorly social media app 🥰 #greenscreen #ForzaHorizon5GO♬ Seventeen Going Under – Edit – Sam Fender

In October, I watched You Season 3, When Harry Met Sally, and rewatched Fleabag Season 1. In November, I watched Ant-Man and the WaspSing!House of Gucci, and Maid. I rewatched Fleabag Season 2.

So that’s a wrap! Thanks for putting up with me as I adjusted to moving to Manhattan and took a break from blogging to focus on work, socialization, and getting my life together.

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J.D. and the Great Barber Battle by J Dillard Review https://bitchbookshelf.com/2022/01/05/j-d-and-the-great-barber-battle-by-j-dillard-review/ https://bitchbookshelf.com/2022/01/05/j-d-and-the-great-barber-battle-by-j-dillard-review/#comments Wed, 05 Jan 2022 05:47:09 +0000 https://bitchbookshelf.com/?p=3885 Young readers, or early chapter books, can be a lot of fun. Sometimes these books lack in substance or storyline, but with J.D. and the Great Barber Battle, this was not the case. I had so much fun reading this funny chapter book full of up-to-date references kids will get a kick out of. Note: This […]

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Young readers, or early chapter books, can be a lot of fun. Sometimes these books lack in substance or storyline, but with J.D. and the Great Barber Battle, this was not the case. I had so much fun reading this funny chapter book full of up-to-date references kids will get a kick out of.

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The summary, from Amazon:

Eight-year-old J.D. turns a tragic home haircut into a thriving barber business in this hilarious new illustrated chapter book series

J.D. has a big problem–it’s the night before the start of third grade and his mom has just given him his first and worst home haircut. When the steady stream of insults from the entire student body of Douglass Elementary becomes too much for J.D., he takes matters into his own hands and discovers that, unlike his mom, he’s a genius with the clippers. His work makes him the talk of the town and brings him enough hair business to open a barbershop from his bedroom. But when Henry Jr., the owner of the only official local barbershop, realizes he’s losing clients to J.D., he tries to shut him down for good. How do you find out who’s the best barber in all of Meridian, Mississippi? With a GREAT BARBER BATTLE!

From the hilarious and creative mind of J. Dillard, an entrepreneur, public speaker, and personal barber, comes a new chapter book series with characters that are easy to fall for and nearly impossible to forget. Akeem S. Roberts’ lively illustrations make this series a must-buy for reluctant readers.

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When J.D.’s mom gives him a horrible haircut the day before third grade, J.D. is forced to take matters into his own hands. He quickly realizes that not only is he a good artist, but he’s a natural barber! J.D.’s friends go from teasing him for his bad haircut to praising him for his skills, showing up to his house to pay him $3 for a haircut.

J.D. saves up his money to buy things to spruce up his bedroom barber shop and a video game console. He’s making a lot of money and having fun! But he’s taking away business from the local barber, who tries to get him shutdown. J.D. stands up to him, challenging him to a haircut competition that draws the whole town.

This was such a fun read. I was laughing by the second page! While the pop culture references might keep it from becoming a classic, it will resonate with kids today. I loved all of the references to athletes and other celebrities with great and not-so-great hair.

This is definitely the first in a series, with a tidy ending that then provides a little bit of a plot twist for Book 2. There are memorable characters who kids will look forward to revisiting in other books. My favorite had to be J.D.’s friend Jessyka, the only girl on the football team.

I loved that this book included plenty of multiplication and division in the plot in such a seamless way.

It’s safe to say I absolutely loved this read and have to give it 5 stars!

 

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J.D. and the Great Barber BattleJ.D. and the Great Barber Battle by J Dillard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The best young reader chapter book I have read in a while! I was laughing by the second page. I love how this book incorporates math into the storyline. With so many pop culture references, it might not be timeless, but it has big kid appeal for today.

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Book Club Questions

  1. Which of J.D.’s friends/family members was your favorite? Why?
  2. Why do you think J.D. is such a good barber? Which of his other skills might lend to this?
  3. Why does J.D. take up the offer at the end of the book? Do you think this was a good decision?

 

Interested? Buy J.D. and the Great Barber Battle.
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Legacy by Nikki Grimes Review https://bitchbookshelf.com/2022/01/04/legacy-by-nikki-grime-review/ https://bitchbookshelf.com/2022/01/04/legacy-by-nikki-grime-review/#respond Tue, 04 Jan 2022 05:46:27 +0000 https://bitchbookshelf.com/?p=3852 Legacy by Nikki Grimes is a must-read for older children and adults alike. While some of the poems might be a bit inaccessible for some readers, middle graders will benefit from this book of poetry with the support of a sensitive adult. I greatly enjoyed this read, featuring works from women of the Harlem Renaissance […]

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Legacy by Nikki Grimes is a must-read for older children and adults alike. While some of the poems might be a bit inaccessible for some readers, middle graders will benefit from this book of poetry with the support of a sensitive adult. I greatly enjoyed this read, featuring works from women of the Harlem Renaissance as well as golden shovel poems written by Nikki Grimes.

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The summary, from Amazon:

From Children’s Literature Legacy Award-winning author Nikki Grimes comes a feminist-forward new collection of poetry celebrating the little-known women poets of the Harlem Renaissance–paired with full-color, original art from today’s most talented female African-American illustrators.

For centuries, accomplished women–of all races–have fallen out of the historical records. The same is true for gifted, prolific, women poets of the Harlem Renaissance who are little known, especially as compared to their male counterparts.

In this poetry collection, bestselling author Nikki Grimes uses “The Golden Shovel” poetic method to create wholly original poems based on the works of these groundbreaking women-and to introduce readers to their work.

Each poem is paired with one-of-a-kind art from today’s most exciting female African-American illustrators: Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Cozbi A. Cabrera, Nina Crews, Pat Cummings, Laura Freeman, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Ebony Glenn, April Harrison, Vashti Harrison, Ekua Holmes, Cathy Ann Johnson, Keisha Morris, Daria Peoples-Riley, Andrea Pippins, Erin Robinson, Shadra Strickland, Nicole Tadgell, and Elizabeth Zunon.

Legacy also includes a foreword, an introduction to the history of the Harlem Renaissance, author’s note, and poet biographies, which make this a wonderful resource and a book to cherish.

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What is a golden shovel poem? Nikki Grimes introduced me to this style of poem in the forward to Legacy. A golden shovel poem pays homage to another poem. In it, the poet selects a few lines or word from another poem. Then, they use each of these words as the last word in the lines of their poem. Read more about this type of poem and how it was created in this Writer’s Digest post.

Nikki Grimes selected poems written by women in the Harlem Renaissance. As Grimes suspects in the forward, I was only familiar with male Harlem Renaissance poets. I was amazed by some of these poems, broken down into categories of Heritage, Earth Mother, and Taking Notice. These poems spoke to the joy and pain of the times these women lived in as well as of the world in general. I was struck by how each poem was either timeless or also reflected our current world.

After each poem, Grimes shares her golden shovel poem. Nikki’s poems are empowering and relatable, including lines just as memorable as those from the poets she paid homage to. Finally, each set of poems has an accompanying piece of art from notable Black women in illustration, such as one of my favorites, Ekua Holmes. The backmatter provides poet biographies and artist biographies.

This is a very powerful read for both children and adults. I do recommend that children read this one with a sensitive adult nearby. Some of the Harlem Renaissance poems might require support and insight for some readers, and there is some violent graphic content in one or two of the poems.

Overall, this was a 5 star read for me and I highly recommend it to anyone.

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Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem RenaissanceLegacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a powerful read. Though this is for children, adults will get just as much from it. Some of the poems might be less accessible for younger readers stylistically, and one or two involve graphic violence, but I think with a sensitive adult facilitating, this is a must-read. Grimes introduces the golden shovel style of poem in her works, which is both interesting and fun – and bonus: makes this one great for classroom use.

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Book Club Questions

  1. What was your favorite poem in this book and why?
  2. Did you have a favorite poem pairing?
  3. Try your hand at your own golden shovel poem using any of the poems in this book.
  4. What was your favorite piece of art in this poem and why?
  5. Why do you think Nikki Grimes chose to feature these specific poems using the golden shovel poem style?

Interested? Buy Legacy.
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Worst-Case Collin by Rebecca Caprara Review https://bitchbookshelf.com/2022/01/03/worst-case-collin-by-rebecca-caprara-review/ https://bitchbookshelf.com/2022/01/03/worst-case-collin-by-rebecca-caprara-review/#respond Mon, 03 Jan 2022 05:41:22 +0000 https://bitchbookshelf.com/?p=3736 Worst-Case Collin by Rebecca Caprara is a middle grade fiction novel told through poetry about a boy living with his father who has compulsive hoarding disorder. I greatly enjoyed this one, and some of the poems were so emotional that I almost cried. Note: This post contains affiliate links. When you click on and/or purchase […]

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Worst-Case Collin by Rebecca Caprara is a middle grade fiction novel told through poetry about a boy living with his father who has compulsive hoarding disorder. I greatly enjoyed this one, and some of the poems were so emotional that I almost cried.

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The summary, from Amazon:

Twelve-year-old Collin has a plan to survive any worst-case scenario. Avalanche? No problem. Riptide? Stay calm. He’s 100% prepared for every disaster…except maybe his home life.

Collin is always prepared for something to go wrong. Ever since he lost his mom in a car accident, he’s been journaling about how to overcome things like avalanches, riptides, or even a bad case of halitosis. Meanwhile, Collin’s father grows more distant by the day, and has started hoarding things throughout their house. Determined to hide his home life from his friends, Collin navigates middle school alongside the hilarious and clueless Liam, and Georgia, who Collin may have feelings for. Can Collin learn to be vulnerable around those he loves, even when he can’t control every possible scenario?

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Collin has anxiety after his mother passed away in a car accident two years ago. He has a book about worst-case scenarios and how to survive them and has them memorized. However, he’s living his own worst-case scenario. His dad has (presumably undiagnosed) compulsive hoarding disorder and The Hoard has taken over their home. Collin feels miserable, unsafe, and embarrassed. None of this friends know about the situation.

Collin has two best friends, Liam and Georgia (his crush). They are wonderful friends, able to stand up against Collin’s bully when Collin will not. Liam’s mother is an example of recognizing an adult who you can turn to for help. However, Collin doesn’t exactly want to reach out for help. He is understandably worried that if he does, CPS will take him away from his father.

This book is told through verse which I enjoyed. Some poems were so emotional that I almost cried, while others I felt were only poems because there weren’t enough words to make this a traditional chapter book. The poems were interspersed with tips from Collin’s worst-case scenario book, which were fun, informative, and sometimes offered foreshadowing. They almost always had something to do with what Collin was experiencing at that point of the novel.

The backmatter included information on compulsive hoarding disorder as well as resources.

Overall this was an emotional read and one that I think will stick with me. It definitely would have stuck with me as a child. I rate it 4 stars.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story is told through poetry which I really enjoyed. Worst-Case Collin is about Collin, a boy with anxiety after his mother’s death, dealing with his father’s compulsive hoarding disorder. I really enjoyed this one and some of the poems were super emotional, while others just felt like they were only in verse form because there weren’t enough words to make this a traditional chapter book. I loved Collin’s friends, Liam and Georgia, and that Liam’s mother was an example of an adult you can turn to for help.

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Book Club Questions

  1. Why does Liam’s mom let him hang out with Collin even when he’s grounded?
  2. Why doesn’t Collin want his friends to come over his house? Is embarrassment his only reason? What else might he be worried about?
  3. Did Collin’s father have compulsive hoarding disorder before Collin’s mother died?
  4. What do you think will happen over the summer for Collin and the other characters? What about next school year?

 

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Her Accidental Highlander Husband by Allison B. Hanson Review https://bitchbookshelf.com/2022/01/02/her-accidental-highlander-husband-by-alison-b-hanson-review/ https://bitchbookshelf.com/2022/01/02/her-accidental-highlander-husband-by-alison-b-hanson-review/#comments Sun, 02 Jan 2022 05:19:41 +0000 https://bitchbookshelf.com/?p=2913 I don’t read a lot of Scottish historical romances, but when I read the blurb for Her Accidental Highlander Husband by Allison B. Hanson, I knew that I had to read it. I love the marriage of convenience trope, especially when it’s instant, and this book did not disappoint. Note: This post contains affiliate links. When you […]

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I don’t read a lot of Scottish historical romances, but when I read the blurb for Her Accidental Highlander Husband by Allison B. Hanson, I knew that I had to read it. I love the marriage of convenience trope, especially when it’s instant, and this book did not disappoint.

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The summary:

Her Accidental Highlander Husband
by Allison B. Hanson

Publication Date: September 28, 2020
Entangled Amara
eBook; 277 pages

Series: Clan MacKinlay, Book One
Genre: Historical Romance/Scottish

 

 

Marian Fletcher Blackley, Duchess of Endsmere, has been on the run from the English Crown for weeks since killing her abusive husband…no matter that it was self-defense. She has only one safe place to go—the MacKinlay clan in Scotland, where her sister is the laird’s wife.

War Chief Cameron MacKinlay has vowed never to marry after witnessing his widowed mother’s grief. He has his lands and his clan, and that’s enough for a good life. When one day a sprite of a lass comes running out of the forest with hounds nipping at her heels and an English bounty hunter not far behind, he feels compelled to save her by claiming the disheveled duchess is his wife. But he certainly didn’t intend to marry her for real!

And now he’ll do anything to protect her…

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Despite being a huge historical fiction fan, I don’t tend to read a lot about those hot Scots in kilts – though Jamie Fraser from the show Outlander does it for me. But marriages of convenience are my jam, so I was eager to join this blog tour!

Mari flees London after murdering her husband, who has abused her for many years. Finally, she fears for her life enough that she takes action and kills him. Her husband not only beat and isolated her for their entire marriage so she has no friends and connections and she is Scottish and her husband was a duke. She knows she will hang. Mari hasn’t spoken to her sister in years but figures the law will be less likely to look for her there than her father’s home, so that is where she runs to. However, the English law is hot on her tail. When she arrives on the Mackinlay land, the first person she sees is Cameron. She knows that he is her only chance, so she runs into his arms and tells him that his lady, Kenna, is her sister. Cameron claims that they are married, and the two are handfasted in his doing so. Legally, they are wed. Since he claims she’s not the fugitive the men are looking for, they have to return with a warrant to claim her.

In the months it takes for the English to return with the proper documents, Mari and Cameron fall for one another, despite both having their guard up. Cameron is a war chief and doesn’t want to marry, let alone have a love marriage. He doesn’t want to be distracted during a battle, and he doesn’t want a wife or children to mourn him. Mari never planned to wed again after her awful first experience, but Cameron is gentle and understanding with her and helps her to heal. It takes some time, but they let go of their insecurities and worries to be together.

Of course, the law finally does catch up with Mari. The couple and their friends – Mari’s sister Kenna and her husband, the Mackinlay laird Lach – must figure out how to keep Mari safe and their family together.

Overall, I loved this one. It was both steamy and sweet. The sex scenes were hot, and these two really loved one another, first as spouses/friends, soon as spouses/friends with benefits, and eventually as true lovers. The only thing “more” I wanted was some additional detail at times. I found myself doubting the accuracy of the legal process in this one, but then some last minute details that I could have used earlier in that section legitimized it.

Her Accidental Highlander Husband has a content warning of domestic abuse (physical and emotional), kidnapping, and the mention of rape, loss of a child, and familial sexual abuse. These are all tough topics but dealt with very well. This was a 4 star read for me! My thanks to Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, the author, publisher, and NetGalley for giving me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author

One very early morning, Allison B. Hanson woke up with a conversation going on in her head. It wasn’t so much a dream as being forced awake by her imagination. Unable to go back to sleep, she gave in, went to the computer, and began writing. Years later it still hasn’t stopped.

Allison lives near Hershey, Pennsylvania. Her contemporary romances include paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery suspense. She enjoys candy immensely, as well as long motorcycle rides, running and reading.

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Her Accidental Highlander Husband (Clan MacKinlay, #1)Her Accidental Highlander Husband by Allison B. Hanson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun, steamy, and sweet romance. I haven’t read this author before, nor do I read a lot of Scottish romance, but I love the marriage of convenience (especially when it’s instant) trope and this did it justice. Thanks to the author, HFVBT, publisher, and NetGalley for giving me a copy in exchange for my honest review. The full review will be at https://bitchbookshelf.com on October 15.

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Book Club Questions

  1. Explain the relationship dynamic between Mary and Cameron.
  2. How do Mary and Cameron help one another heal and grow?

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 28
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Wednesday, September 30
Review at Novels Alive

Friday, October 2
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Sunday, October 4
Review at Tangents and Tissues

Monday, October 5
Review at SplendeurCaisse

Wednesday, October 7
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews

Friday, October 9
Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Monday, October 12
Feature at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, October 14
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Thursday, October 15
Review at Bitch Bookshelf

Friday, October 16
Review at Coffee and Ink
Interview at Books & Benches

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The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on October 16th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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My 2022 Planners https://bitchbookshelf.com/2022/01/01/my-2022-planners/ https://bitchbookshelf.com/2022/01/01/my-2022-planners/#respond Sat, 01 Jan 2022 05:23:23 +0000 https://bitchbookshelf.com/?p=4911 I always love sharing my planner posts here and on my Instagram. In 2022, I chose to continue using The Happy Planner. I’m using a regular planner as usual and another planner as an astrological/witchy journal. My planner of choice is The Happy Planner by Me and My Big Ideas. You can get it Michael’s, […]

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I always love sharing my planner posts here and on my Instagram. In 2022, I chose to continue using The Happy Planner. I’m using a regular planner as usual and another planner as an astrological/witchy journal.

My planner of choice is The Happy Planner by Me and My Big Ideas. You can get it Michael’s, on the MAMBI website, or through Amazon. I usually purchase at Michael’s, TBH. I’ve also purchased stickers for my planner through the school supply market on Poshmark as well as The Happy Planner’s website.

There are various sizes and types for The Happy Planner. Some come with vertical layouts, and others horizontal. You can get them in mini, regular, or large. I am using the big planner for my main planner this year, just like I did in 2020/2021. My reasoning is that there are three boxes per day in the vertical layout, and I want a square for work, a square for home/personal, and a square for blogging and social media. These boxes are all big enough that I have enough room to fill in the details for each. My other planner has a more daily diary entry layout and I’m excited to share my spreads of it on occasion here.

Are you a planner? What’s your planner of choice? What methods work best for you when it comes to using your planner, bullet journal, or diary?

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Duke I’d Like to F… A Historical Romance Anthology Review https://bitchbookshelf.com/2021/12/31/duke-id-like-to-f-a-historical-romance-anthology-review/ https://bitchbookshelf.com/2021/12/31/duke-id-like-to-f-a-historical-romance-anthology-review/#respond Fri, 31 Dec 2021 05:42:05 +0000 https://bitchbookshelf.com/?p=4824 Sometimes, you just need a little bit of steamy fun in your life, and that’s exactly why I picked up the historical erotic romance anthology Duke I’d Like To F…. Five awesome romance authors joined forces to share individual novellas in this anthology. Of course, each novel embraces the trope of the dashing duke. And if […]

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Sometimes, you just need a little bit of steamy fun in your life, and that’s exactly why I picked up the historical erotic romance anthology Duke I’d Like To F…. Five awesome romance authors joined forces to share individual novellas in this anthology. Of course, each novel embraces the trope of the dashing duke. And if you’re a fan of historical romance, check out their latest collaboration (upcoming on my TBR list), Rake I’d Like To F…!

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The summary, from Amazon:

He’s got big duke energy…

The Chasing of Eleanor Vane – Sierra Simone
Ajax Dartham, the Duke of Jarrell, has a problem. And that problem is his future niece-in-law. When the clever and capable Lady Eleanor Vane-understandably-runs off into the night rather than marry his horrible nephew, the Duke has a choice. Should he catch Eleanor and return her to her fate-or make Eleanor his own instead?

My Dirty Duke – Joanna Shupe
Violet knows that her father’s best friend, the Duke of Ravensthorpe, is the most powerful man in all of London with a reputation for sin. But nothing can stop Violet from wanting to shed her wallflower ways and fulfill her darkest, most forbidden desires…even if it means seducing a man twice her age.

An Education In Pleasure – Eva Leigh
As a governess to the Duke of Tarrington, Cecilia Holme resigns herself to a passionless life. Except now the old duke is dead and Owen, the new duke, is very tempting-and much younger. Is the chance to give Owen an education in pleasure too enticing to refuse?

Duke For Hire – Nicola Davidson
As her fiery clergyman father chases away all suitors, Miss Ada Blair is resigned to spinsterhood. Yet while she can’t wed, bedding might be another matter. One man meets all her requirements for a discreet and expert pleasure tutor-Jasper Muir, Duke of Gilroy-but he insists on a very wicked contract…

The Duke Makes Me Feel… – Adriana Herrera
Dukes and their demands are nothing new for Marena Baine-Torres. Her newfound success has her little apothecary teeming with ill-mannered aristocrats. But as tiresome as they are, she needs the business. When the unflappable Duke of Linley storms into her shop and makes her an offer she’d be a fool to refuse, Marena soon finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime with a man who is as infuriating as he is intriguing.

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I greatly enjoyed all of the stories in this novella anthology. In The Chasing of Eleanor Vane by Sierra Simone, Lady Eleanor Vane runs off in the middle of the night to avoid her marriage. When his uncle, who arranged the match, chases after her, sparks fly between the two instead. I loved Simone’s bio: “Sierra Simone is a USA Today bestselling former librarian who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk.” As a librarian, I can relate. This was a super hot 4 star read for me.

Nicola Davidson’s Duke For Hire features Ada, a resigned spinster whose father chases away all her suitors. Nonetheless, she knows what she wants, and with the help of friends hires Jasper to be her partner in pleasure. Of course, there’s not just sexual passion between these two, and romance ignites. This was another 4 star read for me.

Eva Leigh is one of my favorite romance author, an An Education in Pleasure was a wonderful read. Cecilia has been the governess for the Duke of Tarrington’s daughters for some time. When he passes away, his son Owen claims the title. Owen has known Cecilia since he was a teen and she was a young adult. He has always had quite the crush on her, and now Cecilia sees Owen for the man he is. Of course, the governess has a thing or two to teach this younger man. This was another 4 star read for me! I loved the age difference in this one. It felt realistic and appropriate.

My favorite of the group was Adriana Herrera’s The Duke Makes Me Feel… Simply wow. All of these stories were heavy on the romance, light on the plot, and good with the characters, but Herrera’s story really struck hard with her characterization. Marena and Arlo cross paths when he enters her apothecary and enlists her to help him find his half-sister, the partner of Marena’s sister. The two are on the run after a legal misunderstanding and are in France. Passion ignites between this unlikely couple, but is just a few days together enough? There were some stunning quotes in this one I have to include:

Something possessive and hot ran through his body at the idea of having this kind of intimacy with her. To be the man a woman this self-sufficient could depend on.

“I find it hypocritical that women’s purity is held as proof of their value, while a man can do as he pleases. If the sexes are truly equal, then why would I expect something in a woman when I wouldn’t of myself?”

Even the men who were in favor of women’s suffrage seemed to like the females in their midst docile and only marginally opinionated.

“She never misses a chance to remind me that the least we can do is work to uplift others when we have been handed so much.”

“Some things, some people, come into your life and force you to reimagine the dreams you had for yourself.”

“I’ve always been bold when I’ve needed to be. I’ve had to be, but this makes me feel afraid.”

I love that this romance featured a biracial woman as the romantic lead. Historical romance as a genre has been super whitewashed up until recent years. Now, we are seeing more and more historical romances written by authors of color and featuring more diverse casts of characters. Some (racist) critics seem to think Black heroes and heroines in a Regency or Victorian romance aren’t historically accurate, but that’s just not the case, and I am always excited and happy to read and promote diverse historical romance. Anyway, this particular story was a 5 star read for me.

And finally, we have My Dirty Duke by Joanna Shupe, an age gap romance about Violet and her father’s friend, Max. I love a good age gap romance and adored how steamy this one was, though it wasn’t my favorite take on the trope. I would’ve preferred for Violet to be maybe two or three years older. For me as a reader, this would have given her more agency and maturity to make the decision to be with a man as old as her father (though her being 18 made sense for a plot point). I also felt there were some hints that maybe she had been attractive to her love interest when she was still a minor which rubbed me the wrong way, but I also could have been reading into things too deeply. Nonetheless, this one was very steamy and swoon-worthy so I have to rate it 3 stars.

So if you’re looking for super hot historical romance novellas, look no further! They’re right here.

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Duke I'd Like to F...Duke I’d Like to F… by Sabrina Darby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Such a fun read! All of the novellas were super steamy and romantic to boot.
The Chasing of Eleanor Vane ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Duke for Hire ⭐⭐⭐⭐
An Education in Pleasure ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Duke Makes Me Feel… ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Dirty Duke ⭐⭐⭐

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Book Club Questions

  1. Which was your favorite story? Why?
  2. Describe the relationship dynamics between the individual couples.
  3. These are historical romances, but could any of them take place in a modern setting? Why or why not?
  4. What messages and themes (and not just regarding sex and love) are shared in these stories?

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Dark Archives by Megan Rosenbloom Review https://bitchbookshelf.com/2021/12/30/dark-archives-by-megan-rosenbloom-review/ https://bitchbookshelf.com/2021/12/30/dark-archives-by-megan-rosenbloom-review/#respond Thu, 30 Dec 2021 05:20:45 +0000 https://bitchbookshelf.com/?p=4835 I visited the Mütter Museum in Philadephia a few years ago with a friend and absolutely loved it. When I found out Megan Rosenbloom, a rare books librarian with ties to this unique museum, was writing a book about anthropodermic books – a fancy way to say books wrapped in leather made from human skin – […]

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I visited the Mütter Museum in Philadephia a few years ago with a friend and absolutely loved it. When I found out Megan Rosenbloom, a rare books librarian with ties to this unique museum, was writing a book about anthropodermic books – a fancy way to say books wrapped in leather made from human skin – I knew I would have to give it a read.

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The summary, from Amazon:

On bookshelves around the world, surrounded by ordinary books bound in paper and leather, rest other volumes of a distinctly strange and grisly sort: those bound in human skin. Would you know one if you held it in your hand?

In Dark Archives, Megan Rosenbloom seeks out the historic and scientific truths behind anthropodermic bibliopegy—the practice of binding books in this most intimate covering. Dozens of such books live on in the world’s most famous libraries and museums. Dark Archives exhumes their origins and brings to life the doctors, murderers, and indigents whose lives are sewn together in this disquieting collection. Along the way, Rosenbloom tells the story of how her team of scientists, curators, and librarians test rumored anthropodermic books, untangling the myths around their creation and reckoning with the ethics of their custodianship.

A librarian and journalist, Rosenbloom is a member of The Order of the Good Death and a cofounder of their Death Salon, a community that encourages conversations, scholarship, and art about mortality and mourning. In Dark Archives—captivating and macabre in all the right ways—she has crafted a narrative that is equal parts detective work, academic intrigue, history, and medical curiosity: a book as rare and thrilling as its subject.

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This book was creepy and fascinating. Rosenbloom explores the origins of anthropodermic books, how she and other scientists test them to prove that they are really bound in human leather, and the history behind identified anthropodermic books. She also discusses the ethic of owning these books and displaying them in museums.

From a geekier point of view, I really found it interesting how my ethics as a public librarian are drastically different from the ethics of a rare book librarian. Of course, Rosenbloom’s job (even outside of this creepy collection) involves preserving rare treasures. While simply throwing out books wouldn’t cross her mind, as a public librarian, it’s something I do on a daily basis with books in poor condition or books that aren’t being used. Obviously our situations are very different, but the core values of librarianship are the same. This book made me want to sit down and discuss my profession with an archivist, rare book librarian, or academic librarian.

Overall, this is a creepy and interesting read for true history and bookish nerds. Check it out if you can stomach the content! While the creation of human skin bound books is certainly wrapped in the racism and misogyny I expected, their origins are still surprising!

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Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation Into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human SkinDark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation Into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin by Megan Rosenbloom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was such an interesting listen though the narrator’s use of accents kind of took away from things at times. As a public librarian it was so interesting to me how my ethics of librarianship are so different than the author’s as a rare book librarian. Gruesome subject but I learned a lot and it was handled so well.

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Book Club Questions

  1. What surprised you about these books?
  2. What didn’t surprise you?
  3. How does the way Rosenbloom and other rare book librarians handle books differ from the way librarians in other fields might do so?

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Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland Review https://bitchbookshelf.com/2021/12/29/ophies-ghosts-by-justina-ireland-review/ https://bitchbookshelf.com/2021/12/29/ophies-ghosts-by-justina-ireland-review/#comments Wed, 29 Dec 2021 05:49:04 +0000 https://bitchbookshelf.com/?p=4826 I have wanted to read Justina Ireland’s writing for a while and was so lucky to start with her middle grade supernatural novel Ophie’s Ghosts. This was a 5 star read for me that I think even those who don’t enjoy historical or speculative fiction will enjoy. Note: This post contains affiliate links. When you click on and/or purchase from […]

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I have wanted to read Justina Ireland’s writing for a while and was so lucky to start with her middle grade supernatural novel Ophie’s Ghosts. This was a 5 star read for me that I think even those who don’t enjoy historical or speculative fiction will enjoy.

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The summary, from Amazon:

The New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation makes her middle grade debut with a sweeping tale of the ghosts of our past that won’t stay buried, starring an unforgettable girl named Ophie.

Ophelia Harrison used to live in a small house in the Georgia countryside. But that was before the night in November 1922, and the cruel act that took her home and her father from her. Which was the same night that Ophie learned she can see ghosts.

Now Ophie and her mother are living in Pittsburgh with relatives they barely know. In the hopes of earning enough money to get their own place, Mama has gotten Ophie a job as a maid in the same old manor house where she works.

Daffodil Manor, like the wealthy Caruthers family who owns it, is haunted by memories and prejudices of the past—and, as Ophie discovers, ghosts as well. Ghosts who have their own loves and hatreds and desires, ghosts who have wronged others and ghosts who have themselves been wronged. And as Ophie forms a friendship with one spirit whose life ended suddenly and unjustly, she wonders if she might be able to help—even as she comes to realize that Daffodil Manor may hold more secrets than she bargained for.

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Ophie and her mother left their home in Georgia for Pittsburgh after her father was killed for voting. The only reason the two were able to escape their home before the white men who killed him burned it to the ground was because his ghost came and warned Ophie. Since that moment, Ophie has been able to see the undead ever since.
In Pittsburgh, Ophie’s mother works at Daffodil Manor, the home of the Caruthers, as a servant. Money is tight, so Ophie must leave school to join her. Daffodil Manor is full of ghosts. Ophie soon realizes that she has the ability to help these ghosts move on. She is particularly drawn to the ghost of a young woman, Clara. Ophie befriends her despite warnings from her aunt, who also has Ophie’s gift. Can Ophie solve the mystery of Clara’s death, which she quickly becomes aware is a murder, and help her move on?
So much is tackled in this book, which takes place during the 1920’s. I should note some content warnings for racism that go beyond what I’ve already mentioned. One ghost tied to the manor is a young enslaved boy who was brutally killed. Even though he died years before Ophie was born, Ophie faces terrible racism as well. Her father’s death was at the hands of racists, and Mrs. Caruthers, though seemingly nice at her best moments, is vehemently racist as well.
I don’t want to go too much into Clara’s story because the murder mystery was very engaging even for me as an adult reader. But I do want to note that this book has a very important discussion on “passing” and what that looked like for Black folks in the 1920’s. I don’t think that as a concept I ever was aware of as a child and I appreciated seeing that representation and discussion in this book.

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Ophie's GhostsOphie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolutely awesome, loved the personification of the house, railway, etc.

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Book Club Questions

  1. Why was Ophie’s father killed?
  2. Why do Ophie and Clara become friends?
  3. Which ghost was your favorite? Why?

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